February 17, 2016

“Get Protected” Social Security Email Scam


The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are alerting the public about an email scam that may have in the subject line "Get Protected." This email appears to be from the SSA and discusses new features that claim to monitor unauthorized use of one's Social Security number. It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding "S.A.F.E. Act 2015." Yet it is entirely bogus. SSA advises consumers not to open to the link or any of the attachments. If you should receive this email, report it to spam@uce.gov. For more information on protecting yourself from fraud, and how to verify the authenticity of anyone claiming to be from the SSA, see this SSA webpage and this SSA webpage about online "phishing" and another Social Security scam. Additional information about protecting yourself from online fraud can be found on this webpage of the FTC website.